As a surrogate or intended parent, you likely have concerns about the amount of control you will have throughout the process. What are your rights? Your decision-making abilities? How will you commit to the agency and can you override their decisions?
Hopeful parents and surrogate mothers have both rights and responsibilities as stated by law, but your unique agreement between parties is the most crucial component.
State law of North Carolina defines the responsibilities and rights of hopeful parents along with surrogate mothers. First, you need to craft a valid agreement. You must meet all local and federal requirements, or you risk the agreement ending up nullified or terminated. This means you must get legal advice, which state law requires when drafting this agreement up.
You need to agree to artificial insemination in writing and then get it signed by a notary public. Spouses, including the surrogate’s spouse, must have involvement in this agreement too. Then, you must submit the contract for court approval.
A judge may add extra requirements at this point before sanctioning the contract, such as asking for clear and reasonable arrangements of any financial obligations from the point of insemination to afterbirth care.
A court can only terminate the agreement if both parties included such terms in the contract, such as saying the contract will end up terminated if a surrogate parent does not reach requirements. Parents can also set up other terms for surrogates to follow, such as not engaging in smoking, drinking or other activities deemed dangerous for pregnant individuals during the duration of the pregnancy.
If you are unsure whether you qualify or need to take steps to receive your tax credit, you should consult a tax advisor or CPA. You might be eligible for this credit if you adopted a child or had a domestic adoption fail in 2022.
Most people in Charlotte may assume that an adoption begins with a couple wanting to take in a child. Yet there is another part of that equation that often goes overlooked: a child needing a home.
Given the end result of a successful adoption, it may be easy for many people in Charlotte to overlook just how complex a process it can be. Potential parents invest much in the way of time and resources in trying to bring children in need of nurturing into their homes.